I received this book as a Christmas gift and have read half of it so far. My complaint is with the subtitle: "A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts." I'm on page 165 of 327, and he hasn't gone undercover yet, so obviously the book is about more than that year, and more than just going undercover. It seems that the editors went for the sexy subtitle rather than a more accurate one. Right now in the book, he's embedded with a WHL team, but he's embedded as a journalist.
Joyce touches on a couple Thrasher prospects in the book, one being Paul Postma, the team's 7th rounder in 2007 out of Swift Current (WHL). Here's an excerpt from page 159. The time period is December 2006:
The Broncos' top draft prospect is Paul Postma, a defenceman from Red Deer. In NHL Central Scouting's early-season rankings, Postma is slotted just outside the top ten in the Western league. If he holds onto that slot, Postma is probably looking at being selected in the second or third round. That seems a little high for a kid who is six foot three but a pencil-thin 160 pounds. ...
I ask Postma for the skinny on his physique -- he looks as if he could get pushed around at the starting line of the Boston Marathon, never mind the corners of an NHL rink. "I've tried to put on weight and Brandon (Sutter) has too," Postma says. "My father's a decent size. I just have to work out and be patient. I know that it would probably help me with [the draft] to have that extra weight. Scouts would look at me differently."
When I see Postma step on the ice during the warm-up, one name comes to my mind: Jane Russell. Postma's ability to pass for a pro prospect probably owes as much to modern equipment design as much as anything else -- he is padded enough and draped in a large enough sweater that his ectomorphic frame is thoroughly disguised. There hasn't been such a form-flattering outfit since Howard Hughes came up with the underdress that cantilevered Russell to spectacular effect in the 1943 film The Outlaw.
Postma is now with the Calgary Hitmen and listed at 182.